ILF Pre Conference 2016 on DPLA Metadata in Indiana


The IM DPLA Metadata/Aggregation Committee is holding a pre conference workshop entitled, “Past history, digital future: Indiana DPLA metadata” on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from 2-5 PM in Salon C of Marriott East Conference Center, 7202 E. 21st St., Indianapolis.

Description: This preconference is for those interested in providing greater access to their unique, locally hosted digital collections through inclusion in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and/or Indiana Memory. The presenters will guide participants in structuring existing metadata to conform to DPLA and Indiana Memory standards. Libraries, museums, historical societies, and other cultural institutions are invited. Whether you use CONTENTdm, PastPerfect, or another content management system, facilitators will provide tools to help you unveil your collections to the world.

Registration is not available as of May 4.  Check here regularly for registration link: 

Getting it Right on Rights


From DPLA at

Large-scale collections like the Digital Public Library of America, EuropeanaTrove (Australia), and DigitalNZ (New Zealand) have enriched the free web by making openly available tens of millions of items from libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage sites from their respective countries or continents. This incredible, burgeoning public commons of the full range of human expression from the past several millennia is weakened, however, by a lack of common agreement over rights statements on these items. Because of inconsistent international copyright law, risk aversion among many nonprofit institutions, and the grey area that many scanned materials fall into—unclear provenance or ownership, especially as materials recede into the past—these collections have too wide a variety of rights assigned to them and no clear pathway toward maximal openness and reusability. This project will bring together these important collections to harmonize and evangelize a simpler rights structure, one that includes ways for works of all types, including works with unclear or no known rights, to be put online and made available to the public.

Our project will begin with two international summits, one in the United States and one in Europe, involving domain experts who have a deep understanding of both the legal and content sides of this burgeoning field, including library and museum leaders, intellectual property lawyers, copyright officers, policy advisors, metadata specialists, and web technologists. At these key stakeholders will analyze different national, international, and project-based rights work. One focus will be on the issue of items with “no known rights,” and guidance around that important and widespread category—orphan works of all kinds, from books to archival materials. We will also address fair use on the web, and the uneven application (and applicability) of that principle worldwide.

We will then work with these partners to set up a neutral namespace with an agreed-upon set of rights designations. Other projects will be able to link to those designations, e.g., We will translate the language of these designations into the multiple languages of the partners in this project, and encourage other translations as well. Our goal is to make these designations an internationally recognized standard, which will encourage widespread adoption. They will complement the similarly recognized Creative Commons designations, which very well may function as a subset of the digital library rights strata.

Finally, we will produce best practices guides, which we know from talking to contributing institutions to projects like the Digital Public Library of America are extremely important, often representing the only way past legal and institutional barriers. We will disseminate these guides widely to enable broader global education over rights on the web, and will work with our already robust and large partner networks, who can hold workshops and bring this rights work to thousands of other institutions and stakeholders.

Learn more at: 

Indiana THATCamp April 22, 2016


Unconference opportunity may be of interest to IM DPLAers.

The Scholarly Communication Committee of the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) organization is pleased to invite you to participate in our second THATCamp on Friday, April 22 at the Hesburgh Libraries Center for Digital Scholarship at the University of Notre Dame. Registration, parking, and food are provided by ALI, so this event is free of charge for all attendees. All you need to do is bring your ideas and enthusiasm! We strongly encourage librarians, graduate students, archivists, technologists, faculty members, and anyone interested in learning or talking about the changing landscape of the humanities to attend. Attendance is limited, so please register as soon as possible.

THATCamp stands for “The Humanities and Technology Camp.” THATCamps are “unconferences,” which means that specific sessions will be determined on the day of the camp and will be based on the interests of the attendees. You can propose sessions prior to the day of the event, and you are welcome to bring your ideas for sessions on the day of the camp as well. You can also submit proposals for five minute “dork shorts” prior to the event. These short presentations will give you the opportunity to share your ideas, projects, or plans with attendees.

Register for THATCamp Indiana 2016
For more information about THATCamp, registration, ridesharing, and more, check out our website:

DPLA Announces fourth class of Community Reps


From DPLA:

We are extremely excited to introduce and welcome our  of DPLA Community Reps–-volunteers who engage their local communities by leading DPLA outreach activities. We received a great response to our fourth call for applicants, and we’re pleased to now add another fantastic group of Community Reps to our outstanding and dedicated corps of volunteers from the first three classes.

Our fourth class continues our success at bringing together volunteers from all over the US representing diverse fields and backgrounds. Our newest reps work in K-12 schools, public libraries, state libraries, municipal archives, public history and museums, technology, genealogy, education technology, and many areas of higher education. This round we are excited to have a very strong cohort of educators as well as representation from diverse disciplines including psychology, social work, art history, and studio art.

Our newest reps have already shared some of their great ideas for connecting new communities with DPLA and we’re eager to support this new class’ creative outreach and engagement work.  We thank them for helping us grow the DPLA community! For more detailed information about our Reps and their plans, including the members of the fourth class, please visit our Meet the Reps page.

The next call for our fifth class of Reps will take place early next year (January 2017).  To learn more about this program and follow our future calls for applicants, check out our Community Reps page.

Open Forums on Digital Preservation


I attend the first of the Open Forums on digital preservation today through InDigPres. Highly informative and important for any Indiana cultural heritage institution that already has or is planning on creating digital collections. Developed through the Indiana State Library and Indiana State University Library, InDigPres is a collaborative, low cost solution to digital preservation through MetaArchive.  -Kristi Palmer, Chair IM DPLA Advisory Committee


From InDigPres:

Is your organization creating or managing digital content? If so, are you aware that digital files become inaccessible over time unless they are managed and migrated to new technology as needed. Even content that resides on a web site or social media site is at risk. Technology changes and without a program for long-term preservation the intellectual content you are developing today will become inaccessible to the researchers of tomorrow.

Digital preservation combines policies, strategies and actions to ensure long-term access to content that is born digital or converted to digital form regardless of the challenges of file corruptions, media failure and technological change. Digital preservation is an ongoing process, not a one-time activity, and needs to be addressed programmatically.

A series of eight Open Forums on Digital Preservation will be held across Indiana in March-April 2016. Sponsored by the Indiana State Library and Indiana State University, Cunningham Memorial Library, these sessions will address the questions: What is Digital Preservation? Why do we need it? and Is there an affordable digital preservation solution for small to mid-size organizations in Indiana? The Forums are free and open to the public.

Scheduled Sessions:
March 15 Morrison Reeves Library – Richmond
March 16 Crawfordsville District Public Library – Crawfordsville
March 24 St. Joseph County Public Library – South Bend
April 12 Jeffersonville Township Public Library – Jeffersonville
April 13 Marian University – Indianapolis
April 14 Allen County Public Library – Fort Wayne
April 19 Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library – Evansville
April 20 DePauw University – Greencastle

The forums are scheduled to begin at 1pm at each venue and will finish by 4pm. Please register by clicking on the appropriate date on the Evanced Calendar and complete the registration information form.

Or contact Connie Rendfeld at or 317.232.3694.

Notes from DPLA All Hubs Phone Meet, 1/27/2016

New DPLA Staff members
Samantha gibson- engagement, use coordinator
Scott williams-developer on tech team, production and ingest. Starts February.
Amy Rudersdorf going to AVPreserve.
Data related questions go to Gretchen.  Other questions that used to go to Amy now go to Emily Gore.
Will be filling Amy’s position.  job will be similar but not exactly the same. Hope to advertise in next few weeks.

used a contract firm. wrote mappings for 10 providers.  
in new system things are a bit more modular.  depending on feed your module will be different.  Mapping process is separate from enriching process.  Enriching, where correcting punctuation happens or added geo.
Freed us up to work on performance issues and system development
Things will be slow till Scott is on board (feb).  Existing hubs ingested when Scott begins.  Want to work on web GUI for ingest.  May bring in some contract help again to get that finished.  Will likely tie into hydra in a box grant which will work on making the ingest system an open source one
In interim we have access to quarterly and bi monthly ingest.  When our particular ingest will happen.

Michelle Ebook program manager.  How can DPLA get involved in improving a library patron’s ebook experience.
Create a truly open collection of ebooks.
will create a survey of what each hub has ebook wise-what we specialize in etc.-survey coming within the next week   ebook broadly defined.  things that can be turned into e pub format NOT licensed ebooks at libraries
bookshelf feature currently on

Hub participation-Copyright session on Wednesday on track to launch in late february
Birds of a feather conversations for hubs  will occur on Wednesday
90+ proposals

Submit a Proposal for DPLAFest 2016


From DPLA information release:

This is a reminder that the deadline to submit a session proposal for DPLAfest 2016 is FridayJanuary 22. The types of sessions available to organize include presentations, workshops, and lightning talks. All are encouraged to submit their ideas.

An annual series of workshops, presentations, and discussions, DPLAfest brings together librarians, archivists, and museum professionals, developers and technologists, publishers and authors, educators, and many others to celebrate DPLA and its community of creative professionals. The hosts for DPLAfest 2016 include the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the Smithsonian Institution.

To review topics and themes from previous DPLAfests, check out the agendas from 2015 and 2013.

To register for DPLAfest, visit the Eventbrite page.

For more information about this year’s fest, including logistics and an early schedule, visit the DPLAfest 2016 homepage.DPLAfest 2016 Session Proposals Due on Jan 22